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Actualize

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Actualize is a 12-week software development bootcamp in Chicago and online throughout the US, offering both part-time and full-time options. Instructors with professional educational experience teach students full stack web development including Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, VueJS, SQL, and Git. Both the in-person and online programs use the same immersive, instruction-driven curriculum, with the Online Live classes conducted in real time with video conferencing. Actual...

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  • Mike Allen
    Student • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 24, 2021
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    This is where you "learn to fish"

    I spent a fair amount of time researching coding bootcamps before I took the plunge with Actualize.  After all, the cost of these camps vary as much as the technologies offered.  I was certainly proficient with computers, but I had no coding background at all.  I didn't even know how to bring up the terminal.  Let me say, emphatically, this was the best decision I could have possibly made.  This course did not teach me syntax or how to build "X" (Well I mean of course they did, but read ...
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  • Kevin
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 24, 2021
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    Excellent Experience

    I highly recommend Actualize. We started with a 5-week prep that gets you up to speed in Ruby and exercises what you have learned. Beginning the cohort is exciting, I was expecting to be overwhelmed but everything is laid out for you and our instructor Brian could not have been any nicer. They do a great job at understanding the experience students are going through and willing to help in any way.
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  • Jonathan
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 24, 2021
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    Life Changing

    I knew I needed some structure when learning the fundamentals of software development, so I started taking a look at dozens of different bootcamps. So many of them taught similar languages and had multiple projects that you'd be able to produce. There was one however that stood out from all the others on a couple main aspects, and that was Actualize. Actualize has been one of the greatest learning experiences I have ever had. 

    A lot of bootcamps only provide you with maybe an hour...
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  • Leon Shimizu
    Junior Software Engineer • Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 24, 2021
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    100% Worth It

    From the beginning, I've pretty much only heard good things about Actualize. Originally, I made a post of LinkedIn asking what bootcamp people would recommend and for a good couple weeks to a month, the only people that replied, were people from Actualize. On top of that, one of the other major reasons I chose them was because of the smaller teacher to student ratio, I believe my class was just about the max at 13 to 2 (Teacher and TA - both specifically for this class). When I was doing...
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  • Britney
    Student • Web Development • Chicago
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    Dec 24, 2021
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    Coding Bootcamp

    Such an amazing experience. For someone who had absolutely no experience this course really gave me an amazing knowledge base to transition into Web Development. The faculty was amazing. Brian and his dad jokes really make the class more enjoyable and Lauren and Patrick the TAs had really great knowledge. The overall experience was a 10 out of 10!
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  • Lucas
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    More Than Just A "Coding" Bootcamp

    I transitioned into web development with zero prior experience, and after graduating, I rate my experience at Actualize to exceed my expectations. I expected a boot camp that would only teach me to code and throw me out into the wild. What makes Actualize an excellent program to me was the help in the transition every step of the way. Will they teach you everything there is to know? No. But I found it more valuable in their mission to teach students by letting them break code, learn from...
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  • Ian Silber
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    5 Stars all around

    As someone who was on this very website 5 months ago looking for a bootcamp to throw an exorbitant amount of money at, I understand the difficulty behind trying to pick which reviews to trust, which sound scammy, who just had a bad experience due to their own lack of effort, etc... In the interest of openness and transparency I was asked to write this review, however, that has in no way had an impact on the scores I am giving. I tried to pick an area I could maybe leave a 4 instead of 5 ...
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  • Ian Boyle
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    Great Overall Bootcamp

    Actualize is a great bootcamp, especially for this with little previous coding experience. They focus on teaching you how to teach yourself, which is extremely important in programming, and one of the main reasons I chose Actualize. The other main reason I chose this program was because they had been offering it online way before COVID, which was a huge plus - they definitely have the right structure in place. My only caveat, being someone who had a decent amount of previous coding exper...
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  • Gail
    Student • Web Development • Chicago
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    The Best Bootcamp for your money!!

    I cannot recommend this program highly enough. From the great instruction to the TA's to the Job hacking crew, everything is set up to help you be successful. Our instructor Amanda was amazing! She is so much fun, but also pushed us every day out of our comfort zone. You could always tell she truly cared about us as students and wanted us to succeed. She believed in all of us and was encouraging through the process. We had great TA's to help us as well. Meg and Jonathan did an outstandin...
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  • Philip
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    This Bootcamp is seriously the best around.

    I chose Actualize because after reaching out to a few different bootcamps they were the only ones to actually reach out to me and put me in touch with an actual person and after talking to the admissions manager I knew this was the place for me. My experience seriously could not have been better Amanda was an amazing teacher and was more than happy to help and teach you all of the stuff you are going to need to make a true run into the software development industry. From my classmates an...
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  • Shane
    Software Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    Great Info and Great Support

    After transitioning out of the concrete industry, Actualize gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in the tech field. Their curriculum is fast paced and covers a wide variety of information, but you never feel left behind. Due to the small class size, experienced instructors, and multiple great TA's, there is always a support structure to fall back on if you need it. If you're interested in a full-stack experience that will challenge you as well as teach you, then I couldn't recommend...
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  • Mike
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Dec 23, 2021
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    Very Interactive

    I chose Actualize over the other courses originally based on timing. However, I feel I am extremely lucky to have been a part of the course at Actualize. Not only were the instructors and TAs very good at online courses, they were also extremely friendly and caring. Furthermore, they teach everything that can be taught for your job search after the course, and with ongoing assistance, I truly feel that this is one of the best courses out there.
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Actualize costs around $14,900.

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Actualize has in-person campuses in and, Chicago. Actualize also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

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